Michelin backs new Moto-e World Cup

French tyre manufacturer Michelin has been unveiled as a partner of the Moto-e World Cup, which will debut in 2019.

Michelin will serve as the official tyre supplier of the electric motorcycle series, which will run alongside the MotoGP championship.

Michelin is an existing partner of MotoGP, having served as its sole tyre supplier since 2016. The length of its partnership with the Moto-e World Cup was not disclosed.

Pascal Couasnon, motorsport director at Michelin, said: “For as long as Michelin has existed, the projects in which it has been involved have sought to take mobility forward, while making it safer, more economical and more respectful of the planet. Progress needs all the stakeholders to innovate, not only on the technological front but also in terms of their vision.

“As motorcycle racing’s first all-electric competition, the FIM Moto-e World Cup’s creation by the FIM (International Motorcycling Federation) and Dorna Sports is a concrete, meaningful move in favour of mobility. For Michelin, it will provide us with an invaluable laboratory for the development of innovations that will go on to feature on our road tyres. We are consequently delighted to be in at the very beginning of this new championship as a technology partner.”

Earlier this week, electric motorcycle manufacturer Energica was named as the official bike supplier of the World Cup.